April 1, 2014

Grrrl's Guide: April 2014

Look out, feminist fun times ahead.

Guess what? After last month’s guide to International Women’s Day we decided to make this a regular thing. Welcome to THE LE SIGH’s monthly feminist events guide! We know it might be hard to believe that there are more cool things to do after Women’s History Month, but April has a lot in store. Let’s ring in the spring with some fun feminist haps.

TEENAGE FILM – APRIL 2ND &3RD 
 The aesthetic of rebellion is characterized and created by the teenager, but where does “teenage” even come from? Matt Wolf’s Teenage, a film adaptation of Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 takes a historical look at the way “teenage” became something far beyond just the ages ‘tween childhood and adulthood. Showing April 2nd and 3rd at Sunshine Cinema, New York, among other places.


PRIESTS AND GOOD THROB TOUR – APRIL 5TH - APRIL 18TH
Priests and Good Throb are bringing it back to 1977. Both bands’ snotty, raw approach to rock’n’roll is reminiscent of everything I love about the beginnings of punk. Plus, I love listening to women scream and talk-sing like they’re about to fight me in the high school cafeteria. Do yourself a favor and listen to their tunes before you catch this tour when it comes your way.


THE JULIE RUIN AND SCREAMING FEMALES TOUR – APRIL 1ST - APRIL 12TH
Speaking of women screaming, Screaming Females are touring this spring and playing a few dates with none other than The Julie Ruin. I don’t know if I need say more than “Marissa Paternoster” and “Kathleen Hanna,” but these women are geniuses and you don’t want to miss this. At Asbury Lanes (NJ) April 12th.

VALERIE SOLANAS BOOK LAUNCH – APRIL 10TH
It’s hard to believe that no one has written a biography of Valerie Solanas until now. Bluestockings Bookstore & CafĂ© will host the launch of VALERIE SOLANAS: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol), the first-ever biography of Solanas published by The Feminist Press. The launch features author Breanne Fahs in conversation with Johanna Fateman, the writer and musician you know and love from Le Tigre and MEN.


GARDEN OF THE WOMANIMAL – APRIL 12TH -  JUNE 8TH
Caroline Paquita is a renaissance woman: an artist, publisher, zinester, musician, and even sometimes a bee-keeper. Garden of the Womanimal is Paquita’s first solo show and will feature over a decade of the artist’s works in both installation form and in a book that will be released by the gallery, Booklyn Artists Alliance.

SECRET BULLY #2 ZINE RELEASE – APRIL 23RD
You may have heard that THE LE SIGH recently snagged a pretty great zine editor. Well, that lady’s name is Cynthia Ann Schemmer and she’s releasing a new zine later this month. Secret Bully is a creative nonfiction zine, and this particular issue explores dissipated relationships and the way nature helped the author navigate her path. At The Soapbox in West Philadelphia.

This month we’re also checking out The Lady Project Summit in Providence, Angry Women REvisited in New York, and the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers’ virtual exhibition, 40 Years of Women at Artists at Douglass Library.

THIS STAFF POST WAS CONTRIBUTED BY:
Kate Wadkins, a Brooklyn-based writer, artist and curator who believes in the transformative power of punk. Kate edits International Girl Gang Underground zine and is a founding member of For the Birds Collective. She is a classic virgo, coffee enthusiast, bass player, and rabble rouser. You can find her online or tweet at her literally any time.